From the moment I was introduced to the work of Dutch designer Aldo Bakker at Atelier Courbet, I have followed him religiously, simply because Bakker is a great designer whose objects I love. I find them refined, sophisticated, intriguing, and poetic, where the influence of Brancusi is apparent. I was therefore pleased to see a substantial representation of Bakker's pieces in Design Miami, presented by the Rotterdam-based Galerie VIVID whose booth I kept visiting over and over again during my visit at Design Miami. When discovering that Bakker has been breathing design since childhood as the son of legendary designers Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum I was not surprised, as he truly understands design, and has taken a personal path. Form has been the central core whereas everything else, including function, stems from the form. From what was shown by VIVID, I particularly loved the “Three Pair” (above), a stool crafted of Estremoz crème marble, where the softness of the form is taking over the hardness of the material and where the craft is taking over the digital technology which is how it was conceived. All images with the exception of the last three are courtesy of Galerie VIVID.
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